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Dare to Dream captures wider market

Dare to Dream clothing brand expands beyond China thanks to boost from online retailers.

Lane Crawford mixes art and fashion

Luxury department store Lane Crawford is offering a modern take on Chinese traditions for the Lunar New Year.

SP Commerce shrinks world

Brands and retailers should find it easier to move goods across China and the Asia Pacific with the formation of a new global logistics company, SP Commerce. It is the result of Singapore Post integrating its eCommerce division, SingPost eCommerce, with the US company it recently acquired, Trade Global Holdings, and the Jagged Peak company. The integration helps Singapore Post expand its eCommerce logistics footprint in the US and provide access to markets in China and the rest of the Asia…

Beauty chain issues profit warning

Cosmetics and healthcare products retailer Bonjour Holdings has warned shareholders its profits will be down this year. The retailer blames disruption to the city’s commercial sectors by the Occupy Central protests of late last year and the widely recognised fall in tourism from mainland China. Hong Kong-listed Bonjour said its net profit could decline by between 10 and 20 per cent year-on-year. The company has more than 40 retail outlets, predominantly located in Hong Kong and Macau.…

Marc O’Polo debuts in China

German clothing brand Marc O’Polo has teamed up with Zhejiang Semir Garment Co to expand into China. The partners opened the first Marc O’Polo store in Shanghai’s Global Harbor Mall. The 250sqm shop offers casual womenswear and menswear collections, shoes and accessories. Alexander Gedat, CEO Marc O’Polo, described the pilot city as not only the financial center of China, but also the gateway to the rest of the country. “While we gain important experience through this store regard…

Austrian furniture retailer hits China

Austrian furniture retailer Team 7 has increased its international reach by expanding into China. Team 7 has opened its first shop in China in Beijing. The 300sqm shop in Chaoyang district showcases the company’s classic designs and bestsellers from the kitchen, dining, living and sleeping ranges, including high-class kitchens. “Tapping into new markets and inspiring lots of people around the world with our natural wood furniture is not just a financial goal for us; it also reflects our id…

It’s lonely at the top

Michael Baker looks at China’s vertical malls and the tenants inhabiting the top levels.